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V10 fanboy. LEGO car designer and aspiring mechanical engineer. Hopes to start a car company, or failing that, work for one. Wishes everything was carbon-fibre.
A puddle somewhere in England...
20th September 2016
It’s been a great few years here but now I’ve started uni it’s probably best if I left. Thanks to everyone for making my time here as awesome as it has been!
FOUR 1-2s in the first four races. This sport has a f’ing problem. Before you go “oh but this happened in the past”, not in the first four races. Not in 2016, or 2014, or 2004, 2002, 1992, 1988 or any “dominant” season you care to name. What’s more this is looking like the sixth consecutive title for Mercedes, again unprecedented. This sport is FUBAR right now and imho the only thing that will save it is a massive simplification of the cars and a total rebalancing of the prize-money. Heck, just make it equal for all the teams - those who win will benefit naturally from sponsorship and publicity.
As much as Mercedes has the right to be successful as it can, this is a sport and its aim is to put on a show. The management are utterly failing at that right now.
Split them into 10 teams - you can go for whatever you want. For example, a combination destined for mayhem:
#1: Sebastian Vettel & Mark Webber
#2: Lewis Hamilton & Fernando Alonso
#3: Michael Schumacher & Mika Hakkinen
#4: Aryton Senna & Alain Prost
#5: Nigel Mansell & Nelson Piquet
#6: Gilles Villeneuve & Didier Pironi
#7: Max Verstappen & Romain Grosjean
#8: Pastor Maldonado & Andreas de Cesaris
#9: Taki Inoue & Yuji Ide
Voices of Reason
#10: Daniel Ricciardo & Stirling Moss
Who would you pick and why? And how messed-up would the resulting championship be?
Apparently they won’t be able to make testing until Wednesday at the earliest. There are also reports that their car will be two seconds slower than last years. The 2019 cars are meant to be a little slower but from testing so far it seems the times are pretty close to 2018’s. I really don’t want to see them 5 seconds off the lead, and I worry this is the beginning of the end for what was once a dominant team.
I currently have a few go-to cars but I’m looking to experiment with other options so curious what you guys like to use.
My current builds:
I’ve looked into quite a few other cars (I had a Subaru for S1 and have tried quite a few in S2 including Sesto Elemento, 918, Viper and Ultima 1020 and none feel as fast as the F50).
Over the years, F1 has seen a total of 33 world champions. Here are 33 questions, and the answer to each is a different world champion. Good luck!
The 33 champions are (in alphabetical order):
Fernando Alonso, Mario Andretti, Alberto Ascari, Jack Brabham, Jenson Button, Jim Clark, Juan Manuel Fangio, Giuseppe Farina, Emerson Fittipaldi, Damon Hill, Graham Hill, Phil Hill, Mika Hakkinen, Lewis Hamilton, Mike Hawthorne, Denny Hulme, James Hunt, Jacques Villeneuve, Alan Jones, Niki Lauda, Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost, Kimi Raikkonen, Jochen Rindt, Keke Rosberg, Nico Rosberg, Jody Scheckter, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Jackie Stewart, John Surtees, Sebastian Vettel
If you come across a company that repairs holes in hotel walls, buy shares in them.
From onboards the Force Indias seem to be really wringing out their engines. Down the straight they sound like they’re doing about 13kRPM. I rarely even hear the works Mercedes cars’ engines going that high, and in qualifying the Red Bulls were only doing about 11.5-12k.
EDIT: From a later onboard I think they’re doing even more than 13k - probably closer to 13.5k on the end of the main straight.
Insane battles at the front. Recovery drives from Verstappen and Vettel to keep the championship alive. First win for Raikkonen in 113 races. This is racing.